"A barn-burning, page-turner from the depths of the secret worlds of hellish evil..." --Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Catacombs of Terror! is a noir crime thriller set in Bath, England, in which private investigator Martin Valpolicella receives a tip that he will soon be framed for a future murder--that of his former lover--one that is set to take place in the catacombs buried beneath the city. Can he save the girl, and himself? A drug-fueled escapade takes place in the seedy subterranean of the countryside better known for hot springs and Jane Austen.
Donwood has penned a breakneck tale that weaves through secret societies, underground tunnels, and a surreal cast of characters where nothing is as it seems except looming danger!
Back in print after more than a decade, this irresistible mash-up of noir and gothic horror from Donwood (Household Worms) defines the term "cult classic." Bath, England, is no criminal hotbed, and the genteel tourist town offers few paying gigs for dissolute PI Martin Valpolicella. Then the detective receives a message warning him that he will be framed for murder. His informant gives him a cryptic tip: he should investigate the archeological dig in the center of town. Valpolicella sneaks into the site and discovers a deep hole leading into a complex maze of tunnels. Later in a pub, a man named Stonehenge tells the detective about the dark secret beneath the town, where the "folks who really run things," a group known as AFFA, have occupied the ruins of an earlier pre-Roman city. The only way for Valpolicella to clear his name and save an innocent victim's life is to take a primal, hallucinatory journey down into the underworld. Oh, and the catacombs are guarded by flesh-eating pigs, of course. This is a wild, shambolic ride, but its central idea of a dark world just underneath our own is as noir as it gets.